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June 26, 2012

Hello lovely people of What's Your Calling!

It's been a long time since our last News Post, but we've got something important to share with you!

As you may know, we launched What's Your Calling in 2010 to accompany the PBS miniseries , The Calling . The goal of our project is to explore what religious and secular people are most passionate about doing with their lives - and why.

What's Your Calling was originally intended to last one year, but the project took off, garnering attention for its content and getting much more traffic than we anticipated. As a nonprofit endeavor, we decided to stretch our grant funding out for one more year while keeping the project going.

This brings us to 2012, and we're now at the point where we're out of funding and may have to close up shop.

What's Your Calling has been a joy. We've learned so much from our community on our website and on Facebook and Twitter , and we sincerely believe that the people we've interviewed are gems with a tremendous amount of life experience to offer.

We have two options:

One:
Close up shop -- taking down our website due to hosting costs, halting all potential collaborations, and discontinuing our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter
Two:
Raise money to keep What's Your Calling going! HURRAH!

We're going with #2 and have launched an
Indiegogo Campaign in the hopes of keeping What's Your Calling around.

Here are the main details of the campaign:

Our site:
http://indiegogo.com/WYC-Kindling
Our hope:
To raise $15,000 over 30 days. We' have 11 days left and $13,965 to go. That's a lot of bucks. It's not going to be easy. But fortunately, with your support, we believe we can do this. So, here we go!  

If we're successful in our campaign and are able to keep What's Your Calling up and running, there are many exciting and new things that we hope to do with the project; they're outlined further on the Indiegogo Campaign page. If we don't raise the money, unfortunately, What's Your Calling will end.

So, here's our request: If you like what we're doing with What's Your Calling , we'd be grateful if you'd consider spreading the word or supporting our work through a donation. We know that even if you want to, it's not always possible to donate. But if you know folks who may be interested in contributing to What's Your Calling , feel free to pass along our Indiegogo campaign link. Of course, if you do donate to our campaign, we're very grateful; it really means a great deal. Any donation – small or large – helps make the Indiegogo campaign stronger and gives us momentum.

Most importantly, thanks for taking this ride with us for the last two years. It's been fantastic.

To living our most passionate lives!

-The What's Your Calling Team



June 28, 2011

Hello friends and supporters!

Thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm for The Calling . There's only a few more hours to vote for The Calling in Independent Lens / PBS Audience Awards!

Please scroll to the bottom of this page and give us your vote by clicking on the stars!

Voting closes tonight at 5pm PDT.

We're super appreciative of you all!



June 17, 2011
Enjoyed The Calling on PBS? Vote for us in Independent Lens's Audience Awards! They're open now! Go here to vote! Wooo hooo!


May 09, 2011

The Calling 's Shmuly Yanklowitz and Rob Pene showed up as a surprise at a discussion about The Calling  at a California correctional facility on May 6th, and Rob wrote the following reflection after their visit:

Rabbi Shmuly and I had the opportunity to share our stories with some folks at a correctional facility near Magic Mountain this past Friday. Everyone had previously viewed The Calling the night before and were expecting filmmakers to come in for a discussion on the film. But to their surprise, we walk in :) 

The guys were super respectful, offered encouraging comments and asked some very deep and insightful questions. Ranging from needing to be better fathers, to probing human rights movements, and wanting to know about burnout/regrets and living a balanced home & "service" life. I could tell that our dialogue was truly beneficial to both Shmuly and myself and for the entire group... 

An incident that stood out to me was, during the talk, a young mexican dude stood up to give a comment, looked directly at me with a gaze of familiarity...and I Instantly KNEW who he was...he was a cat from back in the day that i had done some bible study with and actually mentored in the studio before while I used to do hip hop concerts in the streets of San Bernardino...It was quite moving! 

It was funny because as soon as he stood up, I stood up from my chair as well and we had a little bit of a stare down. The whole crowd didn't know what was going on. I shouted to Albert "What up dawg?!" and the look on everyone's face was more "What the heck is going on?" But then we embraced like long lost brothers and it truly was a moving moment in the room. 

At the end of our talk the guys wanted me to rap (which I had told them that I no longer rapped) so I brought Albert back up to the stage, asked for a drummer, who just so happened to have signed with the LA Dodgers a few years ago. And we had like a mini-concert :) It was crazy, everybody's hands in the air while Albert & I traded verses buzzin like old times. By request of the inmates, Shmuly closed out our time together with a prayer that moved mountains!!!!! The word that resonated loudly with me in the prayer was "hope" and as he said that, I had goose bumps :) 

I'm grateful to have had the opportunity and will pray for those dudes to walk in their calling offering hope to others and being an encouragement to the world! 

 -Rob



January 21, 2011
We've got a short survey and we'd love it if you could take five minutes and let us know what you think of What's Your Calling? and The Calling . Tell us the good, the bad, the ugly.  When you finish the survey, you'll be entered into our raffle for a super cool Flip video camera!

Click here to take survey


January 03, 2011
Interested in organizing a screening of The Calling in your community? Check out the Host Your Own Screening portion of our website, give a look at our planning toolkit (PDF), and contact us for help! The full four-hour version of The Calling is available for screenings, including all seven characters, as well as an abridged, 78 minute version of the film, featuring four characters. 


December 29, 2010

Bruce Lund blogs about the importance of toys and a letter he received from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago after their CEO, Francesca Edwardson, watched Bruce's interview on What's Your Calling? Check out Bruce's blog. Bruce is the Founder of Lund and Company Invention, which invents, develops, and licenses innovative products for the toy industry and beyond.



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